The Linear Canvas
This journal is about the wrongs and rights of the world, as I see them.

The Linear Canvas

My Newest Recording – Hard Change

August 27th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Great-Grandpa Fyffe I wrote Hard Change about the influence of corporatist power over government in America. In our case the corporatists have seized the power of religion and the media to keep the fear of fear in the weakest among us. Always keeping us fearful of all the Emmanuel Goldstein’s out there. Real or imagined.

The truth is it will never change. There’s something about being mega-rich and powerful that makes men want more riches and more power. Some would say communism would be the answer, but the truth is men are men and behave the same no matter the style of government. The common citizen is always left holding the check at the end.

“Hard Change”

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“When fascism (corporatism) comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” 
–Sinclair Lewis, in 1935

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military (and congressional) industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) in 1961

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) in 1932

The analog tracks were originally recorded in about 1994 (?) on a Yamaha MT-100 II 4 track cassette recorder using high speed (3.75 IPS) and dbx noise reduction.

I think the acoustic guitar I played was a Takamine. I played electric guitar on a Fender Stratocaster and maybe an Ibanez Les Paul (?). The bass was a Rickenbacker 4001. I recorded the percussion more recently using my Paiste and Zildjian cymbals and because of my ankle injury, I had to add the drum parts using a Yamaha MIDI drum pad and Session Drummer 3.  I also added some cow bell.

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Propaganda Then..And Now: Truth Is The Enemy

May 10th, 2010 . by Alexander Fisher

Pretty Flowers "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, THE TRUTH IS THE GREATEST ENEMY OF THE STATE." — Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945

God’s Wrath

October 14th, 2005 . by Alexander Fisher

After the hurricanes and recent earthquakes, almost every televangelist fell over themselves predicting the start of the end of the world. They imply the destruction of New Orleans was the wrath of God, for all of the sin that has happened there. Of course they never mention all of the poor Christians that died or were made homeless. Churches and schools were destroyed because God doesn’t like Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street?

Following the San Francisco earthquake and fire in 1906, about the only thing left standing was the A.P. Hotaling’s Whiskey Warehouse. A local poet was inspired to write:

If, as some say, God spanked the town
For being over frisky
Why did he burn the churches down
And save Hotaling’s whiskey?

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What does it mean to be a Christian?

April 2nd, 2003 . by Alexander Fisher

When I read about the young man in Washington state who was thrown out of the Eagle Scouts for admitting he did not believe in God, I at first thought how I had been with the Scouts when I was young, totally unaware that they did not allow gays or atheists to join. No one ever brought it up. I am not sure how I would’ve felt about a child that was in my Scout troop that was gay or an atheist. I would say to some it would have been an issue, but to others not so much.

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